We envision a California where all schools teach about and provide access to healthy, locally-grown food, creating future generations of healthy children and economically vibrant farms.
The California Farm to School Network (CFSN) is a communications hub and a convener across many organizations and regions in the state. The CFSN aligns Farm to School efforts, shares resources, and bring farmers, schools, distributors, and practitioners together, supporting California’s leadership in the Farm to School movement.
The CFSN’s mission is to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders that promote and create opportunities to connect schools with their local farms in the classroom, the cafeteria, and the community.
The CA Farm to School Network believes that Farm to School can build a stronger, more equitable local food system for California farmers, workers, and children. We are creating a foundation for healthy food, healthy people, healthy economies, and a healthy environment across California communities. We commit to fostering strong links between families and farmers that grow beyond the school year. Farm to School integrates local agriculture and nutrition into all facets of the school, including the classroom, school gardens, the cafeteria, and the broader community. Sustainable and healthy food benefits us all with lower food miles, better health, and environmentally sustainable and vibrant communities.
Farm to School Principles
Farm to School…
- provides holistic connections between farms and schools via the cafeteria, classroom, garden and community.
- creates a transparent, values-based supply chain from farm to cafeteria.
- supports thriving California farmers so that they can earn living wages and pay their employees living wages, strengthening regional food systems.
- supports all farmers, especially socially disadvantaged, beginning, small, and mid-sized growers.
- develops the next generation of farmers through creating pipelines for agricultural careers and inspiring students to feed our local communities.
- prioritizes sustainable practices on farms that lessen agriculture’s environmental impact and conserve resources for future generations.
- offers a tool to advance social justice for workers, farmers and along the entire supply chain.
- means a garden in every school.
- means building a foundation of health and wellness throughout the community by developing healthy people, healthy food, healthy agriculture and healthy ecosystems.
- ensures concepts such as health, nutrition, and agriculture are integrated into academic standards and come to life through garden and nutrition education.
- supports the economic viability of family farmers while also striving for affordability for schools.
- encourages students and families to eat local, fresh, seasonal, and healthy food from farms at school and in the home.
- minimizes waste through composting, reducing packaging, and reducing food miles.
- links students to where all of their food comes from – across the whole plate.
The California Farm to School Network is a project of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and Urban Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI).